Steve Young on Colin Kaepernick extension: ‘He needs to develop still’

Steve YoungSteve Young is complimentary of Colin Kaepernick’s skills and abilities as a player, but he believes the young quarterback has a lot of developing to do, especially after receiving such a big contract extension from the San Francisco 49ers.

“This is a complete commitment, but I don’t know that they had a choice. He’s been so successful early. It’s quarterback-driven league,” Young said on ESPN’s “NFL Live” Wednesday in response to the 6-year, $126 million extension Kaepernick is receiving from the 49ers.

Young, who was known for being an excellent passer who also was a great scrambler, believes Kaepernick needs to transition into becoming a pocket passer.

“This is a big moment for the 49ers entering the future. I think the challenge is going to be how he develops and how do they use him,” said Young. “Because guys with legs, they have to transition. It’s not about the legs; it’s can you develop into that guy who can orchestrate from the pocket. If he’s going to be like that, he needs to develop still. And then you’re paying him $61 million guaranteed — you have to expect that that’s going to be the development that takes place.”

Though Young recognizes how great of a runner Kaepernick is and how effective it has been for him, he emphasized the importance of Kaep becoming a pure passer.

“That’s the thing — he’s so effective (as a runner). I didn’t run for 180 yards in a playoff game! The things he’s doing, you want to say ‘keep doing that!’ But I’m of the belief — and until I’m proven wrong I think it’s the truth — you have to win from the pocket. That’s the NFL truth. And people that try to bend that truth — Randall Cunningham, myself, others — you get straightened up to the truth. You have to deliver the ball out of the pocket effectively out of the huddle.”

Young continued to touch on those principles and emphasized that becoming a pocket passer is a “very difficult process” and that Kaepernick will have to be committed to it. He called it a long, boring challenge that a lot of guys are not willing to do.

He’s probably right, and I’m sure both Kaepernick and the 49ers believe the transition will take place. Many quarterbacks evolve into pocket passers because they realize you can’t scramble in the NFL without taking a beating. Kaep is a smart guy and will recognize that. But don’t get overly critical of him as a passer; he’s a good quarterback and is definitely a franchise QB. He’ll prove it. And he will eventually become more of a pocket passer, just as most good running quarterbacks become.

Steve Young dressed in the Christmas spirit (Picture)


Steve Young dressed in the Christmas spirit for Saturday’s Atlanta Falcons-Detroit Lions game. The Pro Football Hall of Famer and current ESPN NFL analyst was wearing a red plaid jacket and red tie to get with the holiday mood. ESPN showed a full-length view of him to reveal he was also wearing blue jeans and athletic sneakers.

“All I could afford was the jacket,” Young joked.

Here’s how the whole outfit looked:

Steve Young on replacement officials: NFL doesn’t care, player safety doesn’t matter

Most of you are probably sick of hearing about the replacement official situation in the NFL by now, but it is only getting worse. The officiating crew lost control of Monday night’s game between the Broncos and Falcons on multiple occasions. Knowshon Moreno fumbled in the first quarter and it was ruled that the Falcons recovered, despite the fact that a Broncos player came out of the pile with the football. A shoving match then broke out between the two teams and the game was delayed for more than five minutes while the referees figured out how to handle it.

Simply put, the game was a mess. There were a number of horrendous pass interference calls and utter confusion almost every time a flag was thrown. But if you think the NFL is feeling pressure to bring back its regular officials because of disasters like the one we saw in Atlanta, Steve Young says you had better think again.

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Steve Young to Poor Sport Brian Urlacher: You Got Tebowed, Take it (Video)

We weren’t the only ones who thought it was in poor taste that Brian Urlacher called Tim Tebowa good running back” after his Bears lost to the Broncos in overtime Sunday. ESPN NFL analyst Steve Young took it a step further, telling Urlacher that he got “Tebowed” and that he had to suck it up and take it.

“I thought it was so cheap of Brian Urlacher after the game [to say] we lost to a running back,” Young said. “To me, he did it to you. He Tebowed you. Just take it. Like a man, and walk away. You lost your shot.”

The video is even more amusing than the words:

Steve Young’s Wife Gives Him a Birthday Flash Mob (Video)

If you didn’t know what a flash mob was you might think this post was going to be inappropriate, but gift for our younger readers this one is PG-rated. Think about the gift you wanted more for your birthday than any other present you’ve received in your life. Is it better than a flash mob? I didn’t think so. Steve Young is lucky enough to have a wife who cares about him so much that she coordinated one for his birthday. Check out this video from TMZ:

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This may come as a surprise, but there was no sign of Vince Young at the gathering.  I don’t know if my fiancee reads this blog or not, but if she does I have a message for her: This birthday present was awesome.

Steve Young Crushes Vince Young

Vince Young used to get praised for being a talented player. Lately, he’s been criticized for his attitude and poor work habits. After a bizarre series of events at the end of Tennessee’s loss to Washington, coach Jeff Fisher said Young would not be the team’s starting quarterback regardless of injury. Tony Dungy said he would part ways with Vince Young if he were Jeff Fisher, while team owner Bud Adams says the two will have to get along.

Personally, I think Fisher cost his team a chance at winning the game by keeping Rusty Smith in the game instead of Vince, but that doesn’t make Young’s post-game fit OK. If you really want to hear a strong opinion about Vince, you have to read what Steve Young said. Asked on ESPN how he would settle the situation between Fisher and Vince, Steve gave an impassioned response:

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Steve Young and Jeff Kent Clash on Prop 8 Banning Gay Marriage

Normally I don’t like to mix politics on the site here, but I thought there were a few interesting points raised by this issue. California has a proposition in its upcoming election that would ban gay marriage statewide. Surefire Hall of Fame second baseman and current Dodger Jeff Kent has donated $15,000 in favor of the measure — a good indicator of how some athletes would feel about gays in the locker room. In addition to Jeff Kent, one of the greatest proponents of the proposition seems to be members of the Mormon church. That’s where Steve Young comes in. Young went to BYU and is a Mormon, but his wife is a staunch supporter of gay marriage and he’s not stopping her:

Former San Francisco 49ers’ Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, who ironically just had his number 8 jersey retired by the team, has two official “No On 8″ signs in the windows of his house in Palo Alto.

On Friday, there were also three Halloween-themed signs in Young’s yard that also urged people to reject the gay marriage ban.

In addition, records show Young’s wife, Barbara, has donated approximately $50,000 to the “No On 8″ campaign aimed at defeating Proposition 8.

Barbara Young made it clear that she’s the one behind the political push and that Steve supports whatever her interests are. No word yet from the Mormon church on the matter, but you can be certain they’re not too happy with the Young family right now. I mean, wasn’t that university freaking named after Steve’s family??

(the tombstone pictured was actually a decoration piece at the Young household for Halloween, according to CBS)